Nashville celebrates 175th anniversary of Captain Ryman's birth

Sep 16, 2016


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Councilman Brett Withers says he’ll be sponsoring a resolution to have October 12 officially designated Captain Tom Ryman Day in Nashville.

The date marks the 175th anniversary of Ryman’s birth.

The wealthy riverboat captain provided the funds used to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle. The tabernacle is, of course, now known as the Ryman Auditorium - the Mother Church of Country Music.

According to a press statement, a full slate of Ryman commemorative events are planned for October 12 beginning at 2 p.m. at Fort Negley in Nashville.

Guests can sample Captain Ryman’s favorite desert, homemade Hazelnut Tarts, made using his wife’s favorite recipe.

You can also enjoy a few lines and songs from the musical The Ryman Diaries as performed by Tom Dolan and Debbie Mathis Watts.